Saturday, February 6, 2016

Snow Hill, 8x10 Oil on Panel, Landscape with Figures, Snowscape

I am a Florida Cracker. Yes, that's what we're called, and for the explanation, see my book Crackers and Oranges on (that's what you call shameless self-promotion). 

Anyhow, being a Florida Cracker, I am not used to snow. I didn't even see it in person until I was 15 years old. During a visit to Pennsylvania I watched these boys work tirelessly to get up the hill in deep snow to have a great ride down and start all over again. When I was a kid I felt left out because our reading books always had children playing in snow, and Christmas was white; however, my parents got to miss the kind of shoveling that northerners had to endure recently. I am very thankful to live in my warm habitat in Florida.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pretty in Pink, 8x10 Oil on Canvas Still Life with Roses

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This is my favorite still life. I really like the reflections of the bottle on the vase and the vivid pink of the roses.

The original of this painting will be available at my April show in Middleburg, Virginia.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Surf Song, 20x20 Oil on Canvas Seascape

I love painting water, and I'm lucky to live by the ocean, because it changes daily. The form and the light in these waves were very exciting to paint. Whether still water with reflections or crashing waves, I just love painting water.

Save the Date:  On April 22nd I will be having a one-woman show in Middleburg, Virginia, that beautiful little historic town outside Washington DC. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Aunt Bea, 16x20 Pastel on Paper

I have learned that lots of people, not just Opie, have an Aunt Bea. Mine was a corker. When she gave us stink eye we knew we were in trouble. She figures prominently in my book Crackers and Oranges. When my daughter Suzanne was a baby she fell asleep in her high chair with a pork chop in her hand and Aunt Bea said, "Hmph! She's faking it." Devious little baby. 

This portrait was done years ago when I was dabbling in pastels. It's the only pastel I've ever posted on this blog. I do enjoy the medium, but I need to concentrate on my oil painting. I had a period of doing caricatures in pastel, which really worked for that medium. Let's face it, there are only so many hours in the day and so much energy I can expend, so I am working on the application of squishy oils on canvas, which I enjoy most of all. And the occasional collage. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Cybertot, 8x10 Oil Painting on Canvas Panel

I couldn't resist getting a shot of this little techie guy playing on his phone in a coffee shop. I love the way the sun lights up his red hair. What a cutie! 

I now have the date for my one-woman show in Middleburg, Virginia: April 22nd. More details will follow as the time gets closer. Spring in Middleburg is lovely anyway, so I'm very happy to have an art event there.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Oil Painting, Patchwork River, 20x16 Landscape with Reflections

These reflections look like a patchwork quilt to me. I was near Boone, North Carolina and discovered this beautiful scene. I am painting for my exhibit in Middleburg, Virginia in the spring, and I want to have a good collection of landscapes. Middleburg is a lovely historic village set in Virginia horse country and I always enjoy visiting there.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Baby Alexsa, 16x20 Oil on Canvas, Portrait

This is another blast from the past, my granddaughter as a toddler. She looks very serious, and no telling what was going on in that little head. She's the one who named me Bubba.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Golden Flute, 16x20 Oil on Canvas Portrait

This lovely lady was a fellow member of the National League of American Pen Women, and she would treat us to beautiful music at our meetings. Hearing the music and seeing her playing her golden flute made her irresistible to paint.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Still Water, 16x20 Oil on Canvas Landscape Painting

"He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul."
--23rd Psalm

This is a scene off Landmark Road in Middleburg, Virginia, where I will be having a show in the spring. I've slowed down my daily painting to do larger pieces for the show. 

I was thrilled to get an email from a woman in Dundee, Florida saying she and others have read my memoir Crackers and Oranges and enjoyed it. They would like to get together some time, and I would enjoy that too. I left there at 18, long, loonnggg ago. I would love to meet them and compare stories.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Big Splash, 8x10 Oil on Canvas Panel, Beach Art

I can't believe my feet walked where Winslow Homer's feet walked, on the cliffs at Prout's Neck, Maine. What an exhilarating experience, and so different from our sandy Florida beach where few rocks can be found.